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American Studies - American Decades: e-reference

Using Summon to Find e-Reference

Summon, our Web Scale Discovery software, allows you to easily find content in e-Reference books.  It does not cover ALL our e-Reference books, but most are covered.

The box above allows you to search Summon for only reference material.  You may want to add further filters, such as date and discipline (look at the left hand column).  Remember that you will turn up both kinds of reference article, the short kind and the more detailed kind.  Also in some cases you will not be directed to the specific article, but rather to the homepage of the reference book.  Just search the topic you want (it will be on the sidebar to the right) and you will find the article.



The Connelly Library has been creating a collection of electronic versions of Reference Books for a number of years.

These e-books are an excellent place to start doing research on a subject.  The articles you can find in them will give you background information, provide ideas for narrowing or refocussing your search and usually include a list of further readings which will give you a good start on finding the best material available on your topic.

How do you find articles in these books?

There are a number of ways

1. Use Summon to find e-Reference, as explained in the box to the right.

2. Try checking the e-Reference Collections found on the tab in this LibGuide.  There are descriptions of the topics covered.  When you search these collections, you are searching the full text of the articles in the books.

3Use our catalog to identify e-Reference materials.

Using Summon to find e-Reference